Isandlwana Lodge on the iNyoni rock overlooks Isandlwana, which marks the site of the Anglo-Zulu battle.
This fight took place on the 22 January 1879, in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. This excellent getaway retreat lies within close driving distance so some game reserves which allows guests to combine Zululand rich wildlife heritage with the history of the battlefields during their stay at the Isandlwana Lodge.
Isandlwana Lodge Guests are invited to relax at the luxurious Lodge and re-live the impressive history of both the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer Wars. Additionally, guests are provided with the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant culture of the modern Zulu people combined with a visit to one of the famous Zululand Game Reserves.
The hotel rooms at the Lodge face scenically beautiful Isandlwana plain with a view of the mountain. The Lodge features a total of twelve luxury rooms which feature en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are a mixture of traditional and modern styles. From the comfort of the Lodge, guests can admire the scenic views of the breathtaking landscape.
The adjoining Umfolozi game reserves, are home to 'The Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), but are perhaps best known for the part they played in preventing the total extinction of Africa’s black rhino population. Both the black and white species of rhino are found here.
The game reserve is world famous for its abundance of bird life. More than 500 species of birds are in Mkuzi where visitors are encouraged to use the many hides on the river bank and lakeside to view the passing panoply of wildlife.
Among various other reserves run by eZemvelo KZN Wildlife, Itala Game Reserve in the North offers visitors an opportunity to mingle with herds of giraffe, zebra and an incredible variety of antelope in a unique set of valleys surrounded by almost mystical rock formations, reminders of the wild and untamed Africa of yesteryear.
Isandlwana Historic Reserve
Guests are encouraged to experience the walk through the Isandlwana Historic Reserve where one can observe various birds and game including Impala and Zebra. In certain parts, one may find piles of white stones which indicate mass graves of British soldiers who fought and died at Isandlwana.
Fugitive’s Trail Walk
This walk takes about 3 hours and can be enjoyed by the physically fit. It is a must for those interested in the Battle of Isandlwana. During the warm summer months, one will have to swim the Buffalo River.
There are over 300 species of birds in the region of Isandlwana during the year. In the immediate area of the Lodge, there are over 70 species.
Cultural and Photographic Tours:
The cultural tours to Qhudeni are taken by a European guide, accompanied by a Zulu and receive a full day. The tour departs from the Lodge at 10:00 A.M. and returns at four p.m.
This trip goes into one of the most remote and scenic parts of Zululand; a region of vast mountains, huge ravines, rivers and natural forests. The Qhudeni Mountain stands 6000 feet above sea level. Only recently have dirt roads been added to allow taxis and other off-road automobiles access. One can encounter Zulu women and children who have had little or no contact with Europeans.
Day Trips in Zululand
The Lodge offers the unforgettable experience of horse trails through the limitless landscapes and remote rural Zulu settlements of KwaZulu-Natal. All rides are guided by an experienced rider & guide, well versed in the history of the area. Large trail ponies are tractable, sure-footed and reliable, therefore well suited to the rough terrain and long distances.
The contact numbers to make a reservation at Isandlwana Lodge are:
• Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
• Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
• Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.
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